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Does Emergen C Work
Take with meal: Most nutrients are better absorbed with a full meal, although there are exceptions. For larger doses, better absorption is obtained by dividing the dose throughout the day rather than taking one big dose at once. ...Read more
I've seen vitamin supplements marketed as "stress formula" - usually w/higher doses of B vitamins. Are these safe to use and do they work for stress?
Don't waste money!: There is so much false hype in marketing vitamins. No vitamins will have any effect on stress. If you eat a normal diet and not pregnant, you probably don't need vitamin supplements. But if you feel you might benefit, choose the cheapest multivitamin on the shelf and ignore claims like stress reduction, improved energy, immune system boosting, etc. ...Read more
See details: It does not matter to a significant extent although some such as vitamin d are absorbed better when taken with food. ...Read more
Is it safe to take emergen-c while pregnant? I work with special needs kids who are always sick and I don't want to catch anything!!
Yes: Over the counter vitamins are likely okay, though some herbs can be dangerous. Emergen-C is mostly Vitamin C and echinacea, which are largely harmless. You don't want to overdo it, and make sure your OB is aware you're taking it. One, to make sure it is safe for you, since I don't have your history, and two, to make sure they dont' give you anything that might interact with it. ...Read more
Taking supplement like Airborne and Emergen-C packets recommended for additional vitamins? Roommates think it's waste of money and doesn't work.
Save some money: Additional vitamin supplements available to consumers have not been proven to help normal people who are getting plenty of vitamins from their balanced diets (plus an inexpensive one-a-day multivitamin), and who aren't deficient in a vitamin. But, life is very subjective, so if a person believes he is helping himself by buying a second or third daily dose of vitamins, he may "feel even better". ...Read more
Do vitamin C supplements work (emergen-c, airborne, etc) the reason I'm asking is because I get sick a lot thank you?
Not a cure-all: Vitamin c supplements may be of some benefit in conjunction with healthy lifestyle, infection avoidance, and getting blessed with good genes in the first place. Even my colleagues here who are interested in and supportive of supplements in general will agree with me that health doesn't come from a pill bottle (pricey fizzy drinks, etc). Best wishes. ...Read more
Possibly: Vitamins by definition are vital elements of our bodies building blocks that we do not make. We can extract many from dietary intake and others as supplements. Those following a well balanced and diverse diet need fewer supplements than those on a narrow or restricted diet. In the us it is hard to find foods that don't have various vitamin fortifiers added. We usually eliminate any excess daily. ...Read more
I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now I take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.
Prenatal MVI (multivitamin): The best advice would be to adjust your eating habit. Try to eat better and healthier. Increase vegetable and fruits. In addition, since you are at child bearing age- you should take prenatal multivitamin and also don't forget to take calcium daily (daily recommendation is 1200-1500mg/day) as you are at the peak age where your body will absorp those calcium supplement effectively. ...Read more
Hi doc I have vitiligo my doc suggest me vitamin b complex n clobetasol n protonic oint. Is vitamin supplements r enough for vitiligo. B/c I m brfeedi?
Not at all: If you don't have a deficiency, supplements offer no benefit and according to some recent studies may actually cause harm. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports article on the dangers of taking vitamin supplements. The only way to know if you have a deficiency is to be tested for it. See your doctor to discuss test options. ...Read more
None: If you don't have a deficiency, supplements offer no benefit and according to some recent studies may actually cause harm. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports article on the dangers of taking vitamin supplements. The only way to know if you have a deficiency is to be tested for it. See your doctor to discuss test options. ...Read more
Need more info: Recommendations differ depending on your health status, gender, age, and goals, etc. You have shared nothing about your diet, goals, or current status. So, your best bet would be to consult a physician skilled in nutrition and integrative medicine. You can find one through american board of integrative holistic medicine: http://www. Abihm. Org/ at the very least, most need a good multivitamin. ...Read more
Absolutely: First of all our soils are depleted and no longer contain the same nutrients that were available to us as little as 30 yr ago. To further complicate matters we are a "processed food" society. The more you process a food the more nutrients you deplete. Then there is the issue of over cooking the processed foods. We are eating essentially "dead food". This makes supplementation critical for health. ...Read more
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Only rarely: In general vitamins are very safe but too much of some can be dangerous- particularly vit a, e, d & b6 but in general one has to take extremely high doses for a long time to become toxic. There is evidence that taking synthetic e is harmful so only take natural e. Also potential dangers of taking high doses of an individual supplement like beta carotene without synergistic nutrients. See comment:. ...Read more
Healthy diet: A well-balanced healthy diet is sufficient unless there is an underlying disorder. Low vitamin d is being seen more and more due to doctor's checking the levels more often as well as due to changes in its reference range. The d3 formulation is suggested if low. Things such as iron and calcium may be needed but these are not considered vitamins. ...Read more
Optima health: Taking twice the amount of vitamins over the rda can actually bring you optimal health. The rda or minimum requirement was established during ww ii to prevent deficiency disorders such as scurvy for vitamin c and rickett's for vitami d3. However, these same vitamins at higher concentrations can actually be used to promote optimal health. Higher doses of vit d decreases the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more
Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more
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